No, of course not. There is no capsule or tablet that you can put in your gas tank that will improve your mileage. These things are just a scam and may harm your vehicle. Be sensible and don't waste your money.
car overheats and produces steam/smoke. may crack engine block or head.
Yes. as long as it is distilled water tough.
I had the same problem on my s70 and the shop wanted $1000.00 dollars I did not have. follow the link below and there will be photos and explanation on doing the change yourself. Get a good nights sleep, Start early in the morning, make sure you have all the tools readily available and keep all christians and minor children away from the immediate area. http://volvospeed.com/Repair/Radiator850turbo.php
Consider if it is engine oil or transmission oil or power steering oil. Transmission oil or power steering oil would indicate a bad radiator. Engine oil could be a bad radiator also if the radiator includes an engine oil cooler ("extra cooling") but usually indicates an intake or head gasket leaking.Answer
Your symptoms are indicating a possible head gasket problem. If you have oil in the water, you may have water in the oil. Pull out the dipstick or take off the oil fill cap and look for the unusual condition of FOAMY oil. You may also have exhaust gas in the water which can also be checked by a mechanic. Be prepared for the expense of a head gasket or possible engine replacement.answer
if you have oil in coolant, you have a cracked head or a cracked block your mechanic will do a compression test to determine what it is either way it is not cheap fix unless you can do it yourself
you may have a blown head gasket, or cracked head , or cracked block
It could be a number of things listed above. However I had this issue with my 3.1 V6 GM engine. I had oil in the coolant, and it turned out to be a failed Intake Manifold Gasket. It is best to take it to a repair shop and let a professional handle it unless you are mechanically inclined. If it is an Intake Manifold Gasket your looking at a ball park figure between 400 to 900 dollars. Think of it this way, would it be more beneficial to fix your current car? Or to go and put a down payment on a new one and get stuck with payments for the next 5 years?
its a BLOWN HEAD GASKET, OR A CRACKED HEAD or CRACKED BLOCK one of the three.....
It seems everyone assumes that you are talking about a gasoline engine which for the most part they would be right: radiator oil/trans-fluid internal cooler, intake leak or head gasket. If you are talking about a diesel engine, could also be oil cooler o-rings, cylinder liner o-rings, failed e.g.r. cooler, etc.
i think its funny that i have that same problem with my 3.1 v6 gm motor and my friends grandmom had the same problem lol and there is oil in my reservoir alott and if u want to know if u bad head gaskets u wont be able to see people behind u because ull be pouring white smoke out of ur exhaust, and whoever said water is heavier then oil is retarted its less dense then water yes but not heavier its hard to tell what the exact problem is so first things first id do the intake manifold gasket one because the part is cheap and to its not exactly ripping ur motor apart
yes lets tell this person to fix there exhaust manifold because that takes care of his oil & water problem. the person that feels not pulling an engine apart, how do u fix a a hungry stomach. now this person has oil in the water not an exhaut minifold problem geeezzzz some people.....
How Much Coolant?
Since there are so many variables - year of car, engine size, etc. it is best to refer to the Owners Manual for your specific car to determine cooling system refill capacity.
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If you are environmentally concerned then you need to take it to a repair shop that has a flushing machine. If not, any parts house has the chemicals. Just follow the directions on the container.
Purchase a Prestone flush kit, a container of radiator flush, and new antifreeze at a automotive parts store. There are directions on the flush kit package. What you will be doing is adding the chemical to your cooling sytem then inserting a flush tee into a heater hose and back flushing the system using your garden hose. Works very good.
To let the coolant out:
First, take off the black plastic guard underneath the front of the car. It's being held in place by a bunch of small screws.
After removing the plastic cover, you should be able to see the radiator, and at the bottom corner of the radiator on driver's side, you'll see a white plug/nut. I used a 19mm key for that.
The plastic screw does not come completely off, just unscrews far enough to let all the coolant out.
To let all the coolant out, your engine should be cool. Take the top off the coolant reservoir, place a bucket under the car and unscrew that white plug.
At this point, either fill it back up with coolant or follow the directions on the bottle of coolant flush you bought.
The easiest stress free way is to go to Wal-Mart and get a Flush Kit that hooks up to your garden hose.
Buy a flushing kit at Wal-Mart or auto parts store comes with instructions, fitting, and adaptors.
back flushing is old country... if she's plugged replace her.
There is a small white plug underneath the radiator. If you're looking at the car from the front, it's on the right. Unscrew it (hopefully you do it when its cold) and let it drain. From there, you put a hose in the reservoir and let it run through the system for a few minutes, keeping the white plug off. Then shut off the hose, put the white cap back on, and put in the right quantity of regular antifreeze.
Be prepared to bleed trapped air from the car's cabin heater system - you'll know you need to do that if the car's heater fan doesn't blow hot air after the engine has reached its normal running temperature!
How to Backflush Cooling Systems: check the "Related link" below.
I highly doubt it, a radiatior keeps your car from over heating so no radiator and your engine might explode. The early Volkswagon beetles were air cooled, no radiator.
Well radiator repair will depend on the damage or replacements needed to fix the radiator. Thus, no average cost is really available. However, if it is only minor repair I would think that it should only cost $50 dollars for parts and then whatever the repair man is charging for labor.
Because it transfers (or radiates) heat from coolant or whatever it is cooling.
Modern radiators are not made to be repaired. Depending on where your leak is, you may be able to patch it. Radiator Stop Leak additives usually clog up the entire cooling system and cause more repair costs than they claim to avoid.
The best solution is to buy and install a new radiator.
Sensor is located under the thermostat housing. Frequent problem with the Olds IntrigueAnswerThe sensor for this vehicle is built in to the coolant reservoir. So just swap out the sensor? Not on this vehicle; the sensor isn't sold as a separate unit (darn it). You must purchase a new coolant reservoir, which includes a built in sensor. Multiple internet suppliers sell these reservoirs for $70 (including shipping).
a radiator for a 2001 ford focus dual overhead cam will cost you 135.16 including taxes at autozone. you can find radiators to about 30 dollars below that on-line or around 50 dollars above that anywhere else if you purchase it at any of your local parts store.
Your local auto shop should be able to remove and replace for a couple hundred dollars, labor only. Or, if you are even a little mechanically inclined, you can do it yourself in a couple hours.
I think its at the very bottom right hand corner of the radiator. It is a small plug looking jobber. Access is very very tight. Basically, lift the hood, take a flashlight and look along the drivers side of the radiator at the bottom. You'll find it right below a small nipple looking jobber.
That's pretty much where mine is on my '02, but I have a small & short hose that connects right above and below it. I disconnected both ends of the hose to gain access to the drain plug for the duration of the radiator drain without ill effect.
Yes, it can be welded, depending on the location of the crack.
Some radiators are repairablbe, depending on the construction of the radiator. Older style all-brass/copper radiators can be soldered (not welded) if the leak area is accessible and the surrounding metal is strong enough. Some newer style plastic tank/aluminum core radiators can be repaired if the leak is at the joint between the tank(s) and the core, while others cannot. The plastic tanks themselves and the aluminum cores cannot be reliably repaired.
If these petcocks are opened properly, there should not be a problem. Too many people just yank and twist on them causing unnecessary damage. If it does come out or leak, good old Teflon pipe tape works just finer.
Yes, crack it on the side and leave it to cool.
Don't worry about it, just close the lid and the automatic filler will prime it eventually.
Most newer cars are self-purging. Keep coolant in the overflow tank and it will 'burp' out the extra air once the engine comes up to temperature. When it cools, the system will suck coolant out of the overflow tank to make up for the air that got 'burped' out. You'll know it is working because the coolant level in the overflow tank will drop.
The fan is meant to cool the radiator even after the car has turned off. Some vehicles have a heat type sensor to activate when the fan should "kick" in, others just automatically intermittantly run for a few minutes when turned on or have a set time for after it's turned off. Maybe when you did the wiring you inadvertantly disconnected something necessary to the start up of the vehicle. Sounds like you installed the fan to work properly so I would just concentrate on what wiring you were near when you put it in...something simple might've come off or loose.Answer
I found the problem to be a poorly connected ground. After cleaning the plug the housed the ground; my problem was solved.
Greatestmind weighing in on this. Now it seems like you are saying your fan works fine but the coolant still overheats. If this is the case check your thermostat, and hope your water pump is working properly. Feel the inlet and outlet hoses on your radiator after about 5 minutes of engine running, both should feel hot to the hand.
Always should replace thermostat at same time; if this was not done, do so. Rust and gunk in the cooling system from a corroded radiator will often jam and damage the thermostat. Conversley, sometimes a corrding thermostat sets of the entire process by both stricking and by sending hicks of rust to the other cooling system components (radiator and water pump). After engine idles for a while (but prior to overheating) gently squeeze the large hose attached to the top of the radiator. Is it getting warm? If not, the thermostat is likely not working. The thermostat should click and open the route for the top radiator hose, when the temp gauge is no farther toward "H" than at or just below the halfway mark, or just above, on most vehicles. Once the thermostat opens up the route for the upper radiator hose, the temp gauge should fall quickly. If the thermostat wasn't replaced, appears to not be functioning, and is easily accessible and visible, tap it with a hammer (not hard enough to damage it)and see if it becomes unstuck. If your vehicle has an electric fan, make sure it is coming on after a few moments. If it isn't, check that its fuse is OK, that the wire connections are solid, then check that the fan relay is not burned out. A heat sensor sending unit which controls activation of the electric fan could also have failed. In some 60's vintage vehicles, one could often stop overheating by replacing the stock 4-bladed fan with a 5-bladed fan. If you have an automatic transmission that is routed through your cooling system, and you've tried everything possible to correct overheating, your tranny may be on its way out. The problems your tranny may be having having operating normally could be effecting the engine temp. I agree with the changeing of the thermostat , Here is one more sug your radiator cap is not maintaining proper pressure get it pressure tested IF YOU DIDN'T CHANGE THE RADIATOR CAP WHEN DOING ALL THAT OTHER STUFF, GO AHEAD AND CHANGE IT. IF THE OLD ONE IS BAD IT WON'T HOLD THE PROPER PRESSURE AND THE COOLANT CAN BOIL= OVERHEATING! firstname.lastname@example.org Check the fan to see if it's running. If the engine heats up and the fan isn't going, the fan motor is shot. If you have tried everything else and you are still having overheating problems you might have a bad head gasket. I didn't see what type of vehicle you were working on. I had a 1988 Dodge Caravan. I replaced everything in the cooling system including putting an oversized radiator in. The problem turned out to be a bad head gasket. I never observed any oil in the radiator. If the thermostat was replaced and water pump and radiator as you say then there are only a couple things that it can COMMONLY be.It always seems to me that people like to take out the engine before replacing the spark plugs.Take theese words of advice(alot of people over analyze things)99 percent of the time it's the easy stuff!your problem is probably the radiator cap.If it is not holding the proper pressure it will overheat.cost is about 4.95. could be bad head gaskit
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It is a small rubber plug on the bottom passenger side of radiator, just below the lower hose.
The drain valve is on the back/bottom of one side of the radiator. If you're facing the van, it's on the driver side. You have to go under the van. If you raise it, use jackstands. When you're under the van, on the driver side, on the back of the radiator, near the bottom, you'll see the drain valve. It should be directly under the battery tray.
To open the valve, you'll need an Allen wrench. Once the valve is open, open the radiator. The radiator cap is on the coolant reserve tank, not on the radiator.New AnswerYes there is a drain at the bottom of the radiator. It is located on the bottom corner of the radiator, drivers side, facing in the direction of the engine. You will have to raise the front of the van on ramps or jackstands to be able to get to it. It looks like a white plastic bolt and you can loosen it by turning it counter-clockwise with a wrench. Be careful when reinstalling it that you don't accidentally over tighten it or you might strip the threads.
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